Baltimore County Announces Extra $80M In State Grants For School Construction Projects


$20 million in additional funds will go toward a like-new Towson High School. (Credit: Van Fisher/ Patch)

BALTIMORE COUNTY - Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced the allocation of an additional $80 million in state grant funds to bolster several major school construction projects across the county.

The funding will be distributed among six schools for replacements and additions.

  • $26 million in additional funds towards a new Lansdowne High School;
  • $20 million in additional funds towards a like-new Towson High School;
  • $15 million in additional funds towards a new Deer Park Elementary School;
  • $10 million towards additional funds for a new Scott's Branch Elementary School;
  • $8 million in additional funds towards a new addition at Dundalk High School; and
  • $1 million in additional funds towards a new addition at the new Pine Grove Middle School.

"Baltimore County children and educators deserve world-class school facilities that are modern and safe. This is why we continue to invest historic resources in the fulfillment of this promise," Olszewski said.

The new funding comes from a state block grant of $237 million, overseen by the Maryland Interagency Commission on School Construction. Baltimore County was awarded $80 million from this grant for school construction projects of their choosing.

These funds will supplement Baltimore County's record investments in school construction, including almost $210 million of new local capital funding in Olszewski's recently approved FY24 budget for school construction.

Olszewski anticipates that the county can expedite future critical projects by allocating additional funds to current projects. These include a new Dulaney High School, addressing high school overcrowding in Northeast and Southeast Baltimore County, and plans for a new CTE Center in Northwest Baltimore County, among others.

The funding is part of Olszewski's ambitious $3.3 billion plan to improve every school in Baltimore County over the next 15 years, aiming to eradicate the need for trailers within a decade. The plan includes substantial investments in CTE, pre-k, aging high schools, security upgrades, special and alternative schools, and community schools offering essential wraparound services.

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